Recently, the EU and Pakistan have been going through negotiation processes regarding migrants from Pakistan coming into Europe demanding political asylum. Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs, Dmitris Avramopoulos, stated that.
“Pakistanis will not qualify as political refugees,Pakistan is under a democratic process. . . . It is not a country where its citizens are persecuted, and great progress has been done by authorities in Pakistan in order to pave a democratic perspective for their country.”
So while Europe allows Pakistanis to legally immigrate to Europe, they will not be allowed to claim political asylum as refugees from Syria are currently being allowed to. Last year, an estimated 21,000 Pakistanis were deported back to Pakistan for having entered the country illegally.
Pakistan is refusing to let these thirty migrants off of a plane in Islamabad due to the nature in which they were deported. Pakistan is alleging that these individuals have been illegally deported due to suspicion of affiliation with terrorist groups, and that Europe must step up and show its evidence on this subject.
Now, the Pakistani government has suspended its agreement with the EU to take back migrants, citing “misuse” of the agreement. Though former colonial power Great Britain will still be allowed its privileges.
Pakistani government officials also cited frustration with the system, asking why Pakistanis should be treated differently based on their nationality when Afghans, Bangladeshi, and Burmese citizens were simply purchasing fake papers to gain access into Europe.
No space for Pakistanis… and others
This is a common theme for Pakistanis arriving in Europe, who have found that refugee camps in Greece and other areas are catering entirely to Syrians rather than Pakistanis. Currently, a nation like Greece, which is seeing thousands of Syrians and other refugees arriving each day just does not have the resources to take in those arriving from Pakistan.
Angela Merkel has been discussing the need to deport more economic migrants in order to help reserve resources for political asylum seekers. Recently, she asked the European Commission to help negotiate a treaty with Afghanistan to help facilitate readmission of Afghani economic migrants.
Currently there are around 200,000 economic migrants who have not returned to their home countries, and Merkel has proposed an aggressive plan to deport them using military aircraft to transport them to safe countries such as Kosovo and Albania.
Merkel in particular, is facing a tremendous amount of pressure from politicians within her country and in the EU in general for her open door position on Syrian refugee. Her recent push to deport those who are not granted political asylum is likely a move to appease those individuals while still taking in many Syrian refugees.